Longshoreman Labor

Longshoreman Labor

News concerning the maritime port and labor industry including employment, unions and more.


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News & Analysis

23 May 2022
Coastwide contract negotiations between the ILWU and West Coast waterfront employers have been put on hold, although individual committee meetings on specific issues such as worker safety will continue.
20 May 2022
The ILWU wants to temporarily suspend contract talks with West Coast waterfront employers, according to sources, with one saying little progress has been made since negotiations began May 10.
13 May 2022
ILA leadership is expressing solidarity with the ILWU as it begins contract talks with West Coast terminal employers, while warning against further automation at US ports.
06 May 2022
The head of the Pacific Maritime Association said he is optimistic about a smooth outcome for upcoming contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, though he defended automation as a key tool to grow terminal volumes.
02 May 2022
A study commissioned by the Pacific Maritime Association says the automation of cargo-handling equipment at two marine terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach resulted in more jobs for longshoremen. The ILWU disagrees.
21 Apr 2022
That West Coast longshore labor leadership is speaking publicly — and tinged with optimism — about upcoming negotiations with employers is boosting hopes a new contract agreement will be reached without further disrupting the US supply chain.
18 Apr 2022
The International Longshoremen’s Association alleges that agreements for marine terminal operations at Savannah and Charleston are anti-competitive.
24 Mar 2022
The US Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a New Jersey law that would allow the state to exit the bi-state police agency charged with investigating criminal activity among longshore labor at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
22 Mar 2022
New Jersey has filed a brief opposing New York’s attempt to keep alive a bi-state police agency charged with investigating criminal activity among longshore labor.
15 Mar 2022
The state of New York has filed with the US Supreme Court to stop New Jersey from leaving a bi-state police agency that has authority over hiring and firing at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
09 Mar 2022
Longshore union representatives have told the Federal Maritime Commission that better data sharing would create more labor efficiency and provide the ability to better handle unexpected situations on the docks.
22 Feb 2022
The South Carolina Ports Authority has proposed converting of one of three International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) locals from part-time to full-time work in exchange for the ILA settling its dispute over work performed at the new Leatherman terminal in Charleston.
08 Feb 2022
Potential automation of cargo handling is most likely the major topic of discussion as International Longshore & Warehouse Union delegates gather this week to develop their strategy for upcoming contract negotiations with West Coast employers.
14 Jan 2022
Plagued by vessel bunching, terminal congestion, and equipment shortages for much of last year, North America’s West Coast ports are cautioned that these conditions are likely to persist well into 2022 even if imports slow from the double-digit gains in 2021.
12 Jan 2022
Several Southeast ports will expand container capacity in 2022, but the question for most is when will Savannah clear all the anchored vessels outside its harbor?
01 Dec 2021
An investigation into Australia’s shipping sector follows months of disruption to supply chains due to port congestion, stevedore industrial action, and curtailed carrier services.
24 Nov 2021
Despite ILWU leadership pledging to support the Biden administration’s efforts to decongest ports in Southern California, insiders remain worried the national spotlight on ports will not prevent labor disruption on the docks next year.
23 Nov 2021
Tension is mounting on the West Coast as the ILWU formally rejected an employer offer to extend the existing coastwide contract for one year beyond the July 1, 2022 expiration date.
23 Aug 2021
The current US West Coast dockworker contract will expire next July, leaving negotiations for a new contract to take place amid a predicted atmosphere of constrained capacity and high rates.
25 May 2021
Despite contract language allowing automation, the ILWU has increasingly come to see automation as an existential threat and a microcosm of the larger threat of robotics displacing human labor.
05 May 2021
The decision by the Ocean Alliance to hold off on calling the newly opened Leatherman terminal is a sign the dispute between South Carolina and the International Longshore Association over the crane and yard work being handled by non-union state employees is heating up.
04 May 2021
An ongoing dispute between longshore labor and employers in the port of Charleston, South Carolina, in the wake of the now-ended strike in Montreal, could pale in comparison to a looming confrontation over terminal automation when negotiations begin on a new US West Coast contract next year.
02 May 2021
Forced arbitration through a back-to-work order that ended a five-day strike lays the groundwork to help Port of Montreal shield itself from growing competition from eastern US and Canadian ports.
29 Apr 2021
Striking longshore workers at the Port of Montreal said a bill that passed Canada’s lower legislative house requiring them to submit to mediation with maritime employers was unwelcome.
27 Apr 2021
Montreal’s dockworkers want to block federal intervention into their strike but offer to return to work if terminal operators agree to roll back a schedule change and other concessions.
27 Apr 2021
CMA CGM is diverting a ship away from the Leatherman terminal due to fears of an ILA lawsuit and a potential berth conflict with two Ocean Alliance services.
23 Apr 2021
Longshore workers at the Port of Montreal are planning an indefinite strike starting Monday after maritime employers changed their schedules to require seven-hour shifts rather than five.
23 Apr 2021
The International Longshoremen’s Association alleged the first ship call at the Port of Charleston’s Leatherman Terminal violated a contract governing longshore work along the East Coast.
16 Apr 2021
The ILWU and their employers have made significant progress in increasing the labor supply in Los Angeles-Long Beach, but hiring and training will continue indefinitely amid growing cargo volumes and a continued shortage of skilled workers.
10 Apr 2021
In what is expected to trigger a labor response, Montreal employers say they’re suspending guaranteed income pay after port tonnage fell 11 percent last month owing to cargo diversions amid a long-running dispute.
06 Apr 2021
A vaccination drive for longshore workers in the Port of New York-New Jersey aims to bring the workforce back up to pre-COVID-19 levels.
22 Mar 2021
Montreal dockworkers will remain on the job while looking to go back to the negotiating table after rejecting the latest contract offer from maritime employers.
19 Mar 2021
There is no solution currently on the horizon that will prevent the next meltdown at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, irrespective of what triggers it.
18 Mar 2021
A ruling by the industrial relations tribunal in Canada reduces the chances of federal intervention if Montreal longshore workers vote Sunday against a proposed new contract and then strike.
06 Jan 2021
South Carolina Ports Authority on Wednesday filed an unfair labor practice charge alleging an illegal secondary boycott in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.